The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested the owner of an Indore-based medical college in Delhi for having allegedly forged signatures in September 2008 to seek approval from the then Medical Council of India (MCI), which was dissolved in May 2010.
The accused, Suresh Kumar Bhadoria, who runs Index Medical College in Indore, was remanded to CBI’s custody by a Delhi court on Saturday.
Bhadoria had allegedly forged signatures of 40 doctors on his college’s attendance sheet at a time when a team from the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare (MH&SW) was undertaking an inspection to
assess its eligibility for imparting medical education in September 2008.
The MCI had, earlier in the same year, refused to grant permission to the medical college for taking admissions for its second batch.
Challenging the Medical Council of India’s decision, the college had approached the Supreme Court (SC).
The SC had asked the MCI and the MH&SW to conduct an inspection of the college to ascertain its eligibility again and inform the court on September 26, 2008.
The MCI report had again found alleged deficiencies in the college infrastructure, including professionally trained manpower.
A team, comprising two doctors from Safdarjung hospital, set up by the MH&SW had however inspected the college on September 25, 2008.
Based on this team’s report, the MH&SW had allegedly approved of the college’s eligibility.
Ten days later, another MCI inspection had however found the college to be ineligible for the permission.
The CBI’s probe showed that Bhadoria had allegedly forged 40 signatures on the day the Ministry’s team was conducting its inspection to get its clearance.
The corruption-tainted MCI, set up 76 years ago to regulate medical education in the country, was dissolved in May 2010 in the wake of a scam and was replaced by a six-member panel of eminent doctors.